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Galaxy S10 phones: 4 rear cameras, 1TB of storage, in-screen fingerprint scanner and 5G

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With the Galaxy S10, Samsung celebrates its 10th anniversary Galaxy S phone by going big and bold. How bold? Each of the four new Galaxy S10 models is more impressive than the last: there’s the cheaper S10E ($750, £669, AU$1,199), the Galaxy S10 ($900, £799, AU$1,349), S10 Plus ($1,000, £899, AU$1,499) and Galaxy S10 5G, the brand’s first 5G phone.

This is Samsung seeking to whip up excitement, roar back in sales and defend its title as the world’s top smartphone brand. But the Galaxy S10 phones also represent a quest for perfection.

What does “perfection” mean to Samsung in 2019? An edge-to-edge screen with teeny-tiny bezels. The (remarkable) ability to wirelessly charge another device. An Infinity-O display that cuts a small circle (or oval) to make room for front-facing cameras. The world’s first ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, which unlocks the Galaxy S10 using sound waves. Up to four rear cameras. Up to 1TB of built-in storage. The all-new One UI. Android Pie. A cutting-edge Snapdragon 855 processor. And, in one case, 5G capabilities.

Samsung also lays claim to a screen advancement that reduces blue-light emissions, which studies have shown can slow or halt the production of melatonin, the hormone that signals our brain that it’s time for bed.

This is an impressive list of changes, but when I held them in my hands (except for the 5G model, which we couldn’t touch), the Galaxy S10 phones looked and felt extremely familiar. That’s not a bad thing at all. It means the camera “notch” stays out of the way, and that the edge-to-edge screen feels natural. And yes, you still get a headphone jack. Where Apple dramatically retooled the iPhone X by removing its signature home button and adding a screen notch, Samsung opted for an unbroken continuum. The Galaxy S10 simply picks up where the Galaxy S9 left off.

One thing does startle me though, and that’s the fact that none of the four new Galaxy S10 phones has 3D face unlock. The 5G model will come with a 3D depth-sensing camera on the front and back, but that will only assist with photography and AR, not with the iPhone XS-style of unlocking your phone with your face. (More on this in the fingerprint unlocking section below.)


Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve50 PHOTOS

Preorders for all but the 5G phone begin on Feb. 21, for a March 8 release date. Each preorder comes with a free set of Galaxy Buds as a gift.


  • Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: When, where and how to preorder

Keep reading for details on the four new Galaxy S10 phones, how wireless power sharing works, some new camera features and software changes like the in-screen fingerprint reader and One UI. You’ll find the full specs comparison at the very end. Let’s go!

Galaxy S10: The baseline model ($900)

The I-hate-to-call-it-standard Galaxy S10 is a natural entry point because it is the standard-bearer of the S10 family. It all starts with a 6.1-inch screen in a relatively compact frame thanks to the slim bezels around the sides. Samsung boasts that this is the first screen to earn HDR10+ certification. HDR10+ is Samsung’s format that competes with Dolby Vision.

The S10 gets you three rear cameras — a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor with fixed focus, a main 12-megapixel dual aperture wide-angle lens with OIS, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS that can achieve 2x optical zoom. That means you’re able to take portrait photos and photos from any of the sensors, just by toggling on the screen.

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus debut the world’s first ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner.Sarah Tew/CNET

For selfies, you get a 10-megapixel front-facing camera, also with dual aperture. Introduced in the Galaxy S9, dual aperture means that the camera automatically lets in more light when it senses you’re in a low-light environment.

You’ll be able to buy the S10 in 128GB or 512GB storage configurations, both with 8GB RAM. It’ll take up to 512GB in microSD storage, and battery capacity is 3,400 mAh. You get two curved screens, plus Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. The S10 phones also support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wi-Fi 6.

Colors for all: The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E will come in Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Green and Prism Blue, as well as Prism Black and Prism White (which a coworker misheard as “Prison White”). Not every country gets every color: US buyers will have to pine away for Canary Yellow and Prism Green, for example.

All the new Galaxy S10 colors.Sarah Tew/CNET

Galaxy S10 Plus: The 1TB storage king with all the things ($1,000)

No surprise here that for $100 more, you get a larger screen (6.4 inches) and a bigger battery (4,100 mAh). You’ll have the same triple-camera setup as the S10 on the back, but the S10 Plus adds a second selfie lens to augment that 10-megapixel camera — an 8-megapixel sensor that can help take depth-mode portrait selfies using hardware, rather than software algorithms.

Sure, you can get the S10 Plus in 128GB or 512GB storage options, but if you never want to worry about storage again, the 1TB version — with 12GB RAM — is the configuration for you. Samsung kicks in a supposedly more durable ceramic backing option in white and black if you buy the 512GB or 1TB models. Stay tuned for a drop test to see how tough that ceramic really is.

The Galaxy S10 Plus gets two front-facing cameras, one 10-megapixel and one 8-megapixel.Sarah Tew/CNET

Galaxy S10E: The ‘value’ S10 ($750)

Think of the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10E as “compact” rather than “small.” You still get a large helping of screen on a body that’s shorter and thinner than last year’s Galaxy S9. It’s hard not to draw parallels with Apple’s iPhone XR here, which costs the same and also self-styles as the “value” iPhone XS.

For the Galaxy S10, the big trade-off is having “only” two rear cameras — the wide and ultrawide sensors, but no telephoto lens. There’s also “just” the single 10-megapixel selfie cam, just like what you get on the Galaxy S10. You also lose the curved screens (it’s flat) and in-screen fingerprint reader, but Samsung throws you a bone and inserts a sensor into the power button on the phone’s right side, which is one of my favored placements. And yes, it works just fine.

A cheaper price tag means the Galaxy S10E gets a fingerprint reader in the power button and a flat, rather than curved, screen.Sarah Tew/CNET

The battery’s a tad smaller at 3,100 mAh (but hey, so is the phone), and your storage options are either 128GB with 6GB RAM or 256GB with 8GB RAM. Gorilla Glass 5 adorns the front and back.

I’d like to point out that these are still extremely competitive specs on paper, especially considering that this phone uses the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as the other S10s. Samsung isn’t just going after the iPhone. It’s also aiming its harpoon at OnePlus’ traditionally cheaper flagship phones.

Galaxy S10 5G: The deluxe edition (price TBA, but likely over $1,000)

Here’s what we know about the Galaxy S10 with 5G: this model has a 6.7-inch screen, two cameras on the front and four cameras on the back. Yes, four, because the 5G model gets a 3D depth-sensing camera in addition to all the lenses on the S10 Plus. But here’s the thing. This camera is only for fancy photo tricks and AR, and not for securely scanning your face like Apple’s Face ID. Just to set your expectations.

Four rear cameras and a 5G logo are telltale signs you’re looking at the Galaxy S10 5G.Sarah Tew/CNET

The fun continues. The Galaxy S10 5G also has a 4,500-mAh battery and comes with 256GB of storage with 8GB RAM. This part’s important because the 5G phone is the only Galaxy S10 model that doesn’t have a microSD card slot. (Again with the expectations.)

Samsung hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we do know that in the US, it’ll come first to Verizon in Q2 — that’s as early as April — before arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Xfinity Mobile later in Q2 — that is, by the end of June. Samsung will tune the Galaxy S10 5G to each carrier’s 5G bands.

Wireless power sharing is my personal dream come true.Sarah Tew/CNET

Wireless PowerShare: Pretty great so far

My favorite new Galaxy S10 feature — by far — lets you use the back of a Galaxy S10 phone to charge any other wireless charging device that uses the Qi standard. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro does this too. Swipe down on the notifications shade and tap on “Wireless PowerShare.” Then turn the phone over on its face and place the back of a friend’s phone, for example, or the new Galaxy Buds in their case, onto the back of the Galaxy S10 to give it a boost.

Sharing is caring, right? But let’s not overdo it. Samsung has set a threshold so that your phone will stop giving up its reserves when it hits 30 percent.

While you’ll be a hero to friends who need a hand, the real benefit is that you can wirelessly charge your compatible accessories or a second phone without carting around a cable for each one if you’re out for a long day, or on vacation. Just keep in mind that since wireless charging is convenient, but typically much slower than wired charging, you’ll be better off using Wireless PowerShare overnight.

Each Galaxy S10 phone adds more camera tricks than the last.Sarah Tew/CNET

Up to 6 camera sensors

All the Galaxy S10 phones have at least two rear cameras and one front-facing camera, but the more you spend, the more lenses you get. (See the chart below.)

Watch this: Getting to know the Galaxy S10 Plus camera and features 3:56

  • 12-megapixel wide-angle lens: This is the main rear lens. There’s optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 77-degree field of view (FOV). It’s dual-aperture, which means it automatically lets in more light for low-light shots. Apertures are f1.5 and f2.4.
  • 12-megapixel telephoto lens: 2x optical zoom, OIS, 45-degree FOV, f2.4.
  • 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens: Fixed focus, no OIS, 123-degree FOV (close to the human eye), f2.2 aperture.
  • 10-megapixel front-facing camera: f1.9 aperture.
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera for depth-sensing (f2.2) or a 3D front-facing camera (see below).
  • 3D rear camera: Time-of-flight sensor, aka ToF. For depth-sensing and AR, not security.


Galaxy S10EGalaxy S10Galaxy S10 PlusGalaxy S10 5G
12-megapixel wide-angle lens (dual-aperture)YesYesYesYes
16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens (fixed focus)YesYesYesYes
12-megapixel telephoto lensNoYesYesYes
10-megapixel front-facing camera (dual-aperture)YesYesYesYes
8-megapixel front-facing cameraNoNoYesNo
3D depth-sensing camera (rear)NoNoNoYes
3D depth-sensing camera (front)NoNoNoYes
What notch? With the hole-punch look on the Galaxy S10’s all-screen display, the selfie camera blends into the background.Jason Hiner/CNET

New camera tricks

When you take a selfie on the Galaxy S10 Plus: The edges around the front-facing camera light up so you know where to aim your eyes. It’s pretty clever.

Better photos with AI: Lots of phones use AI to identify photo subjects and scenes and automatically adjust the settings to get you better pictures of food, a landscape or your pets. All the S10 phones can identify 30 different scenes and adjust the settings accordingly. Samsung improves the Galaxy Note 9’s camera AI by making it easy to turn on and off in the viewfinder screen.

Shot Suggestions: Turn on this optional mode to get help lining up a photo. When it’s perfectly aligned, the camera will automatically take the shot. If you have shaky hands or take a lot of one-handed shots, that’s a good thing. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus phones get three rear cameras apiece.Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Bright Night low-light mode: Samsung says this automatically applied feature will make low-light photos crisper. Unlike the Pixel 3’s astounding Night Sight mode, this is built-in, not something you have to tap to turn on. I didn’t get a demo, but my colleagues in London did, briefly. I look forward to seeing it in action.

Video: The Galaxy S10 phones support super steady video that’s designed for action shots, like skateboarding, basketball games and so on. The phones can also shoot in HDR10 video, and both front and rear main cameras support UHD video recording.

In-screen fingerprint sensor, One UI, Bixby Routines

In-screen fingerprint reader: The first phones to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, this technique uses sound waves to unlock the phone. It completely replaces iris scanning as a biometric unlock option. Unfortunately, I couldn’t use my own finger during the briefing, but this is something I’ll test extensively soon. Ultrasonic sensors are supposed to be harder to trick than optical sensors, the other technology used in fingerprint unlocking.

Watch this: Samsung’s foldable phone will use One UI 5:22

Strangely, Samsung quietly withheld its trademark iris scanning from the S10 phones. While there’s still Google’s built-in face unlock, it isn’t secure enough for mobile payments. It’s a noteworthy change, since iris scanning has been a point of pride since the Galaxy S7. Samsung could very well be waiting for Google to fold secure face unlocking into Android, a rumored move for Android Q.

One UI over Android Pie: Samsung’s new One UI is a custom layer that runs over Google’s Android 9 Pie software. It’s already rolling out for Galaxy S9 phones, but the S10 family is the first  to get One UI baked in. With it, Samsung embraces a more simplified look and feel with bigger icons that are designed to be easier to use one-handed. Note that you’ll still need to reach to the top for the notifications tray.

A glimpse at the new One UI interface on the Galaxy S10 Plus.Sarah Tew/CNET

Bixby Routines: Opt in to the all-new Bixby Routines to set up profiles for say, driving, work, night or home. For example, a nighttime mode can save battery by turning off Wi-Fi and background apps you don’t need when you sleep. Driving mode might also turn off Wi-Fi and turn on Waze, Spotify and Do Not Disturb. In some cases the switch would happen automatically, for example, when the phone recognizes via Bluetooth that you’re in your car. The software learns your patterns for work and home, but you can manually add your own Routines.

Faster app launch: This is another form of AI that can learn what you like and adapt its behavior. It will work out which apps you typically use at certain times of day, and preload those in the background so they load faster. Later in the day, it’ll shut down those apps you typically stop using by lunchtime, for example, or bedtime. Think of it as a cycle that anticipates your needs by opening and closing apps before you do it yourself.

For gamers: The S10 phones are optimized to use the Unity gaming engine and Dolby Atmos for tuning sounds. The S10 Plus has a vapor chamber cooling system to dissipate heat during intense gameplay.

You’re looking at Galaxy S10 phones in Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow and Prism Blue. Not every market gets every color (sorry, no yellow for the US).Jason Hiner/CNET

Stiff competition ahead

From the cheapest Galaxy S10E to the most advanced Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s phones for 2019 face challengers every step of the way. On the least pricey end of the spectrum, Galaxy S10E will contend with less expensive flagships such as the iPhone XR and the OnePlus 6T (and eventually the future OnePlus 7).

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are so close in price, I suspect they’ll almost compete with each other, and then with every other $1,000-ish phone or 4G flagship model, from the forthcoming LG G8 and Huawei’s next P30 and Mate phones, to whatever follows the iPhone XS and XS Max.

5G phones are a big trend for 2019, but networks are just starting to get off the ground. Sarah Tew/CNET

Then, there’s 5G. While it initially won’t be a massive seller (thanks in part to the expense), every phone maker and carrier will fight to gain a foothold in 5G as the first networks light up in the coming months, promising exponentially faster download speeds with virtually no lag connecting to the network. Samsung itself is planning multiple phones for carriers all over the world.

Samsung’s foldable phone also makes its debut. Again, high prices and limited runs are expected to make foldable phones from Samsung and other brands a cross between a beta product for developers, a status symbol for bleeding-edge adopters, and a good old-fashioned spectacle for everyone else. All eyes will be on it, which means that phones like the Galaxy S10 Plus and even the S10 5G could look ho-hum by comparison.

Together, the Galaxy S10E, S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus will shoulder the heavy burden of fending off competitors and holding people’s interest until 5G and foldable phones become much more vital to the mainstream.


Samsung Galaxy S10ESamsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusSamsung Galaxy S10 5G
Display size, resolution5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels6.7-inch AMOLED
Pixel density438ppi550ppi522ppi505ppi
Dimensions (inches)5.59 x 2.75 x 0.27 in5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 in
Dimensions (millimeters)142 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94 mm
Weight (ounces, grams)5.29 oz.; 150 g5.53 oz.; 157 g6.17 oz.; 175 g6.98 oz.; 198 g
Mobile softwareAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera16-megapixel, 12-megapixel16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)
Front-facing camera10-megapixel10-megapixel10-megapixel, 8-megapixel10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)
Video capture4K4K4K4K
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage128GB, 256GB128GB, 512GB512GB, 1TB256GB
Expandable storageUp to 512GBUp to 512GBUp to 512GBNo
Battery3,100 mAh3,400 mAh4,100 mAh4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensorPower buttonIn-screenIn-screenTBA
Headphone jackYesYesYesTBA
Special featuresWireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless PowerShare; 3D depth cameras (not for face unlock); water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Base price off-contract (USD, GBP)$750, £669, $AU$1,199$900, £799, AU$1,349$1,000, £899, AU$1,499TBA


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2019 tech events calendar: Everything on deck from Apple, Google, Amazon and more

With CES 2019, the Detroit Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show and the Sundance Film Festival all in the rearview mirror, this year’s calendar of tech, automotive and cultural events are already well underway. Just like last year (you remember last year, right? The good and the bad).


Toy Fair 2019: New York, Feb. 16-19

Toys and tech go hand in hand these days, and the Toy Fair gives us our first glimpses of how the pairing will take shape in the coming year. Last year we got a party game with its own heart-rate monitor. This year, it’s everything from a home lie detector game to Fortnite and Overwatch Nerf guns. There’s even a new Pictionary that adds augmented reality to the classic drawing game.


Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S10 event: San Francisco, Feb. 20


Samsung unveiled a prototype of its forthcoming 5G phone in its booth at CES 2019. It also announced its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20 and sent out the invite pictured above. While we don’t know the full details yet, it’s safe to say Samsung is planning to officially debut the Galaxy S10 (or three of them).


Mobile World Congress 2019: Barcelona, Feb. 25-28

Nokia’s Nokia 8110 4G was the talk of 2018’s MWC.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are no major mobile announcements at CES every year, it’s because of MWC. However, like CES this year, there is sure to be a lot of discussion about 5G.


CP+ 2019: Yokohama, Feb. 28 to March 3

CP+ is the most important show for camera and photo imaging for consumers and professionals — at least aside from Photokina, which won’t happen again until May 2020. Cameras including Sony’s A7 IIIFujifilm’s X-H1 and Panasonic’s GX9 were all launched around CP+, for example. If you’ve been waiting for a major camera or lens announcement or you simply love photo gear, you’ll want to look for news just before and during this show.


Intl. Home + Housewares Show 2019: Chicago, March 2-5

Chris Monroe

There was no shortage of smart home news to come out of CES. But if you can’t get enough of the latest in kitchen appliances, cooking gadgets, home design and other accessories, this Chicago show in March is one to watch. We will be there to bring you the latest in connected coffee makers and Instant Pot rivals.


Geneva Motor Show, March 5-6

The appearance of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva show got us amped for a production Supra, which appeared at the Detroit Auto Show this year ready to end its two-decade hiatus. Can’t wait to see what comes this year.


SXSW 2019: Austin, March 8-17

Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! - 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals
Elon Musk dropped by SXSW 2018

Chris Saucedo/Getty

Saying this conference down in Austin, Texas has become huge feels like a understatement with events dedicated to music, film, comedy, gaming and tech.


Apple spring event?


You didn’t miss anything: Apple hasn’t made any official announcements for its 2019 events. However, it does typically hold three to four major ones throughout the year with the first falling sometimes — but not always! — in the March-to-April timeframe. Last year’s was all about education and featured the launch of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad. For 2019, Apple may shift to entertainment and announce its long-rumored video streaming service.


New York Auto Show: April 17-18

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid

The best part of the 2018 NY Auto Show? Most of the cars that debuted were actually headed to showroom floors including the overhauled 2019 Toyota RAV4 that stole the show. We’re hoping for more of the same in 2019.


Facebook F8 2019: April 30 to May 1

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2018.

James Martin

Spring is developer conference season and the social network gets things started. It promises to be filled with “networking opportunities, deep-dive sessions and product demos, all showcasing how technology can enable the best of what people can do together,” wrote Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, in a blog post (full story here). Of course, Facebook still needs to figure out how to deal with the ongoing fake news problem and the heavy-handed tactics that have damaged its reputation in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 2016 election. Oh, and there’s the next Oculus VR headset, too.


Google I/O 2019: May 7-9

Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018.

James Martin/CNET

The search giant announced the dates for its 2019 developers conference in a suitably Google way by posting a puzzle for developers on Twitter. To jog your memory, at last year’s conference Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, its uncanny artificial intelligence for Google Assistant users that could make appointments and reservations using a human voice complete with pauses, umms and ahhs.


Microsoft Build 2019

If you think Microsoft’s developer conference is all about Windows, you haven’t been paying attention. Much of the 2018’s focus was on Microsoft’s work on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, machine learning, edge-computing tools and the company’s moves to integrate with other platforms including iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. Dates haven’t been announced, but expect it to be in early May.


Computex 2019: Taipei, May 28-June 1

The largest IT tradeshow in Asia, Computex is usually good for some interesting PC announcements the latest chip news and an abundance of crazy gadgets and accessories.


Apple WWDC 2019 (expected)

Like the others, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference has a heavy focus on its software and operating systems — MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, tvOS — as well as its HealthKit, ARKit and HomeKit platforms. But sometimes we also see new iPads or Macs at this event. There’s no announced date yet, but WWDC 2018 was June 4-8.


Samsung Galaxy Note Unpacked event (rumored)

August is a generally a slow month for big tech news with one exception: Samsung’s Galaxy Note announcement. Last year’s Note 9 was a modest update, all things considered, which means the Note 10 could be a complete overhaul. We probably won’t hear any significant rumors about it until we get past the Galaxy S10 announcements, though.


IFA 2019: Berlin, Sept. 6-11

Held in Berlin every September, IFA is Europe’s largest consumer-electronics trade show. Although many of the products announced never reach the US, there’s still a lot that does come to market globally. And it kicks off a never-ending parade of consumer tech announcements for the fall (and holiday shopping season).


Los Angeles Auto Show: Nov. 18-21

Los Angeles Auto Show
Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow

Although it tends to lack a central focus, LA is one of the most important shows of the year. For example, in 2018, there were several big debuts across categories debuts like the Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator pickup, the next Kia Soul, Mazda3, Porsche 911 and all-new Hyundai Palisade SUV.


Earlier 2019 events

We’re already past these big 2019 milestones.

CES 2019 (January)

Chicago Auto Show (February)

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5 Google Home Hub features you should be using

Google Home Hub ($129 at Walmart) doesn’t come with much instruction on how to use it. The Google Home ($99 at Walmart) app isn’t all that much help either, since it isn’t exactly easy to navigate, and many settings are hidden deep in menus.

If you’ve only plugged in your Home Hub and haven’t gone digging into the app, there are a bunch of options and features you don’t know about. Here are five that you’ve probably missed.

Screensaver options

The default screensaver for the Google Home Hub is a clock, but you can change it to something more interesting. Open the Google Home app, scroll down to your speaker and tap it. Then, tap the gear icon and scroll to Ambient Mode. Now, choose between art displays or your Google Photos.

After you choose, it will take a few minutes for the screensaver to switch over, so be patient if you still see the clock displaying.

Whisper mode

Google Home Hub’s Night mode turns down the volume of your speaker on a schedule — perfect for using your speaker late at night or during nap time. This setting works for notifications, reminders and replies. Here’s how to set it up.


When the lights are low in your home, your Hub can automatically lower its screen brightness, too. To set it up, find your device in the Google Home app, tap Settings > Display Settings. From there, you can choose when you’d like your display to dim. You can also choose if the display goes off or shows the clock during low-light situations.

Digital Wellbeing

Home Hub’s Digital Wellbeing feature is all about making your hub more kid-friendly. It can filter out mature content on videos and music, help you turn off calling features and schedule screen time.

To set up the feature, go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing and follow the on-screen directions. The process takes about five minutes to complete. Once it’s done, the features can easily be turned on and off by going to the Digital Wellbeing screen and toggling the switch.

Guest mode

Anyone visiting your home can connect with your hub through Guest Mode without connecting to your Wi-Fi. To switch it on, select your device in the app and go to Settings > Guest Mode and toggle the switch.

When it is switched on, the hub will send out an inaudible tone that will trigger a four-digit PIN to pop up on the guest’s phone. Then, you just need to match the PIN with the one displayed on your Hub.


Source: CNET

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Facebook Launches NG_Hub in Lagos

In Partnership with CcHub Facebook Launches NG_Hub in Lagos - its First Hub Space in Africa
In Partnership with CcHub Facebook Launches NG_Hub in Lagos – its First Hub Space in Africa

As part of its commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today unveiled NG_Hub in Lagos, Nigeria – its first flagship community hub space in Africa, in partnership with CcHub.

In a week-long celebration which will bring together developers, start-ups, and the wider tech community across Lagos and Nigeria, the launch will showcase the new multi-faceted space which aims to bring together communities to collaborate, learn, and exchange ideas.

With creativity and excellence existing across all of Nigeria, Facebook also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across the country including in Abuja (Ventures Platform), Jos (nHub), Kaduna (Colab Hub), Kano (DI Hub), Uyo (Start Innovation Hub), Enugu (Roar Hub) and Port Harcourt (Ken Saro Wiwa Hub).

These will serve as centres of excellence and will feature dedicated Facebook spaces, where many of Facebook’s training sessions will take place, and a space where creatives and developers can book to help them advance their skills.

Featuring bespoke works of art from local artists in Nigeria, the NG_Hub space, which includes workspaces, meeting rooms, games and chill out room, an event space and a well catered café, will also be the focal point for a number of training programmes.

Aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem, these are all designed to equip Nigerian SMEs, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth. Training programmes include:

  • The Fb Start Accelerator programme – a research and mentorship-driven programme aimed at empowering start-ups and students with technical & business support and funding to optimize their product for growth – focused on those building solutions using advanced technology, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
  • Digify Pro Nigeria – a two-month intensive boot camp where 20 aspiring digital professionals will learn what it takes to have a career in digital marketing. The programme is designed to fit the specific needs of industry, covering a range of topics including community management, content and e-mail marketing, brand online reputation management, UX design and more.
  • Boost Your Business – Made especially for micro, small and medium sized businesses owners, Boost Your Business is a one-day training that teaches digital marketing for business growth.
  • #SheMeansBusiness – the first to launch on the continent, #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop and networking experience for female entrepreneurs, offering a mix of business and digital marketing training for women led businesses, along with additional opportunities to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships said: “Technology provides expansive opportunities to engage young, creative and resourceful Nigerians, especially in delivering solutions to challenges across communities here in Nigeria. Our mission is to build community and bring the world closer together, NG_Hub provides that physical space that will serve as a centre of learning and skills development in Lagos, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create.”

Commenting on the partnership Bosun Tijani, Founder/CEO of CcHub, added: “Our aim has always been to provide a viable platform for creatives and innovators to express their talent and create solutions to the myriad of social and economic challenges faced by countries across the continent. Partnering with Facebook on NG_Hub enables us to achieve our objectives at scale and make the desired impact in the tech ecosystem here in Lagos.”

“The NG_Hub highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting local talent in Nigeria. We’re delighted to be partnering with CcHub here in Lagos, as well as with many other hubs across Nigeria to deepen our engagement, increase skills development and support the next set of innovators, tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, and others in our collective bid to change the face of technology and grow the economy,” said Ebele Okobi, Director of Public Policy, Africa.



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